FAN Take: NFL “Bleaux” It

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

Typically, we try not to put too much attention on any one NFL team, but after this week’s NFC Championship game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints, we think this week’s FAN Take needs to revisit the Saints. More specifically, their disgruntled fans. Full disclosure: I’m a disgruntled New Orleans Saints fan. BUT, that being said, this class action lawsuit being brought against the NFL on behalf of season ticket holders seems a little over the top.

For anyone that has been living under a rock, NFL officials failed to make a critical – and blatant – pass interference call in the last quarter of the game. And the fans were pretty fired up. Sure, the NFL confirmed that the call should have been made, but that seemed to only make the fans angrier. Reactions varied from “I’m going to write a strongly-worded letter” to “bro, what was that.” Louisiana Governor, John Bel Edwards, issued a formal complaint to the NFL. New Orleans’ “Golden Boy,” Harry Connick Jr., shared a letter to Roger Goodell to social media that he would not be watching the Super Bowl. Even Normani (formerly of Fifth Harmony) tweeted that she was “pissed.”

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if you’re interested, here’s my letter to the @nfl – i’m mailing it tomorrow. #nfl

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Now, what would OUR fans do if they were the ones left heartbroken after such an important game? We absolutely think that they would be upset and take to social media to air their grievances. Will they still feel the sting after a few days? Sure. Will they avoid coworkers in the hallway that want to gloat? Most likely. Will a few of them send in some angry emails to the league office? We’re counting on it. Would any of them follow Matt Bowers’ lead and put up billboards? No, but you have to admit, that is kinda funny. However, we don’t think that the fans would resort to anything as drastic as a lawsuit. If it were a playoff situation, would the fans just rally support behind whichever team is facing the team they lost to? If it’s the championship game, will they sulk for a little while before diving into virtual scouting opportunities to get pumped for the next season? We want to know fans, would you take it to the extreme or keep it copasetic?

Power To The Fans!